The Wates Group, who are building the Aquatics Centre in Smethwick for the Commonwealth Games, are supporting a local community organisation, and providing materials and labour to help develop the next phase of their Community Allotment plot in Smethwick.
The Dorothy Parkes Centre, in Smethwick, have had the plot for three years and have slowly utilised funding from various sources including The National Lottery, Postcode Local Trust and South Staffs Water to transform the plot from an overgrown, underused, vacant plot, into an accessible and safe haven with a Community Classroom, Polytunnel, Greenhouse, Performance Area, and variety of growing beds.
The Wates Group have taken on the final few areas for development including ‘the big dig’ and scrape of land which will create a lovely flat area for several new growing beds, a base for a new shed, a floor in the new seating area, and a lovely new sensory seating area where folks can come and relax and enjoy being in our outdoor space.
The work was due to commence last year but COVID and all of the restrictions have delayed the start date for the work but Wates have kept in regular contact with the Dorothy Parkes Centre and both parties were delighted when work could finally commence on 12th April 2021.
Karen Palmer, Community Allotment Project Coordinator said,
“It’s amazing! We’ve waited so long for the main growing area to be cleared and now, wow! A great big ‘thank you’ goes to the Wates Group and their team who have worked really hard to help us move forward with the Community Allotment Project.”
The Dorothy Parkes Centre, on Church Road in Smethwick, is a community centre which helps to address local challenges around health inequality, obesity, lack of empowerment of local people, elderly isolation, low educational attainment, and significant unemployment by providing, or hosting, a wide range of activities.
The Allotment Project is supported by a small team of volunteers, but they are always on the lookout for more and they would welcome and encourage some community groups, particularly those involved with the arts and culture to get in touch about using the space, which is on offer free of charge.
For further details, please contact the Centre on 0121 558 2998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org